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Latin America / Caribbean Mexico Travel Tips

Kosher Restaurant & Travel Guide to Mexico’s Riviera Maya + Cancun Region

Cancun Hotel Zone (image by Dronpicr)

Cancun

While the city of Cancun is most famous for partying college students and wild spring break trips, there are plenty of family-friendly resorts to be found. As the most popular destination in the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is most certainly where all the action is. Cancun is densely packed with resorts of all kinds, from large international chains to local and independent boutiques. Hotels in Cancun are often on the more affordable side, with multiple options for every budget.

Aside from the usual beach lounging and water activities that are available at every beach resort in Mexico, there is plenty to do in and around Cancun.

Many tour operators of all kinds are available to take you on excursions and tours all around the region — but the excitement doesn’t end when the sun goes down. When it comes to nightlife, Cancun’s is unparalleled compared to the other beach towns, and is home to many clubs and bars that are open from day to night. Restaurants (including kosher) and shopping are also plentiful in Cancun, making it the ideal place for days off the resort.

The appeal of Cancun can also be attributed to its close proximity to the only airport in the area, Cancun International Airport (CUN). While it is most pleasing to young travelers, whether you are visiting with a group of friends, your spouse, or your children, Cancun is a great option for a quick weekend trip, or an extended stay.

Vico’s Grill

Kosher in Cancun: 

The hotel zone in the Cancun area has access to multiple kosher restaurants, all within walking distance to each other.

  1. Dag Dag is a smaller kosher dairy / pareve restaurant, also located in the hotel zone near the Chabad. Their menu includes numerous fish options, vegetarian options, as well as pizza and pastas.
  2. Ember Grill is just down the road from Dag Dag, offering a high end steakhouse experience.
  3. Vico’s Grill is a brand new beautiful steakhouse (2021) offering indoor and outdoor dining options.
  4. Kosher Italian Gourmet is another brand new (2021) restaurant offering traditional Italian pastas, pizzas, and more.

Note: Red Heifer Grill and Garden Beach have both closed since the original publishing of this article.

Dag Dag kosher Cancun

Kosher Shabbat meals at the Chabad can be reserved directly on their website, which helps pay for the functioning of the Chabad center.

Fresh kosher meals can also be catered to your hotel in the Cancun area via Kosher Cancun (serviced by Chabad’s kosher kitchen), including Shabbat meals. Their menu includes brunches, salads, tacos, burgers, schnitzel sandwiches, Shabbos specials, and more. The service delivers to the following hotels: Hilton, Marriott, Me by Melia, Le Meridien, Grand Mayan, Maroma, Mayakoba, Moon Palace, Beach Palace, Oasis, Gran Melia, Ritz Carlton, Intercontinental, Hyatt, Omni, Gran Sirenis, Riu Palace, Riu Las Americas,  Westin Laguna Mar, Club Med, Holiday Inn, Gran Caribe Real, Real Hotel, Avalon Grand, Royal Sands, Aqua, Fiesta Americana, Excellence, Crown Paradise, Secrets De Vine, and more.

Additional Kosher tips: get a taxi at the start of you trip (or take the bus for $1) to the Walmart/Costco area of Cancun and pick up supplies for your stay. Walmart has a bunch of kosher options and Costco has kosher breads, cream cheese and other cheeses (cholov stam) and other kosher foods.

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